Emma Chapman Jewels

  • Adventures of a Jewellery Designer - "A Modern Twist on Ancient Beauty" feature in the Luxury Report

     

     

     

    Luxury Report Feature on Emma Chapman jewels Luxury Report Feature on Emma Chapman jewels

     

    A Modern Twist on Ancient Beauty
    Feature on Emma Chapman jewels in the Luxury Report

    The brand Emma Chapman jewels has been developing it's fine jewellery collection over the last few years. We are passionate about using ancient couture techniques such as engraving, jaali, stone carving, and enamel work and giving it a modern twist.

    Blue Tourmaline and Diamond Treasure Ring Blue Tourmaline and Diamond Treasure Ring

    Recently we were delighted when the Luxury Report Magazine featured our work in their magazine and said,

    "British designer Emma Chapman uses gorgeous gemstone, precious metals and ancient couture techniques, to create unique, regal heirloom treasure for the 21st century. Her signature style is luxe-bohemian in flavour and is exotic and glamorous. All the jewellery is exquisitely handmade by master goldsmiths and stone-cutters in her workshops in Jaipur, India, and Emma is passionate about keeping these old skills alive. She is inspired by ancient geometric patterns and motifs and gives them a modern twist.

    Carved Leaf Diamond Ring Carved Leaf Diamond Ring
    Grace Blue Topaz, Diamond and Emerald Pendant Grace Blue Topaz, Diamond and Emerald Pendant

    In her fine jewellery collection, she uses beautiful and intricate gold carving and engraving work, in the shape of flowers and leaves, which she mixes with diamonds and precious gems. Most of these pieces are one-off, which makes them very desirable, as they are completely unique to the customer." Luxury Report

    Peacock Peridot and Sapphire Ring Peacock Peridot and Sapphire Ring

     

    We are constantly evolving and creating unique one off pieces of exquisitely crafted fine jewellery, specializing in this beautiful gold carving work, which we mix with gemstones and diamonds.

    A full range of our gold carving work can be seen in the gold section of our website

     

    We can also make special bespoke pieces of jewellery for you.

     

     

  • Adventures of a Jewellery Designer - Emma Chapman talks to Retail Jeweller

     

    The Brand, Emma Chapman jewels has just been exhibiting their new collection for A-W 2016 at Premiere Classe as part of Paris Fashion Week

    The designer Emma Chapman, who recently starred in the feel good BBC 2 documentary "The Real Hotel Marigold",  set in Jaipur, India, where she lives and works for several months a year, was asked by Retail Jeweller Magazine to talk about working there as a jewellery designer.

    EXCLUSIVE Industry Q&A: Emma Chapman Jewels founder on working in India | Opinion | Retail Jeweller

    3 March 2016 By Melissa Massey

    As trade show season begins and jewellery designers find themselves overseas, RJ deputy editor Melissa Massey talks to founder and designer of eponymous jewellery brand Emma Chapman Jewels on what it’s like to live and work between two countries ­ England and India ­ all year round.

    Emma Chapman

    Founder and designer of eponymous jewellery brand Emma Chapman Jewels

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    Q: What influenced you to conduct part of your business in India?

    A: Because of the very specialist skills I use in my work. I use ancient couture techniques such as engraving, stone carving, enameling, jaali and embossed work. I also get many stones cut especially for my designs. I have a team of wonderful goldsmiths and stone cutters in Jaipur. Many of these techniques can only be done here and I have developed very strong working relationships with my goldsmiths. Jaipur is also a gemstone cutting center.Q: Why is Jaipur important to your jewellery designs?

    A: I am constantly inspired by the colour, light, motifs, and patterns I see everywhere around me. I also have access to pretty much any kind of gemstone here as it is has been a gem trading center for centuries.

    Q: Why do you spend time between Jaipur and London?

    A: Jaipur is where I design and manufacture but London is the base from which I sell my work. So I move between the two places.

    Q: What’s the most exciting thing to happen to you in the last 6 months?

    A: Filming with the BBC for the series the Real Hotel Exotic Marigold in and around Jaipur with a host of celebrities. It was a lot of fun. Being hosted by the EU Ambassadors wife in Delhi to do a show for all of the Ambassadors wives and being commissioned by the EU Ambassador in Delhi to make some cufflinks for his 50th birthday.

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    Emma Chapman Jewels rings

    Q: What are your plans for 2016?

    A: Plans for 2016 include the trade shows Inhorgentha ­ I will be in the British Pavilion and Paris Fashion Week and increasing the wholesale business. I am also hoping to sell to more high end resort wear outlets as my designs have a very luxe­bohemian sensibility and are suited to that market as well as fashion boutiques.Also alongside my more commercial collection, I am designing more and more one of a kind pieces of jewellery for private clients. I am also focusing a lot on building up sales on my website and developing and selling on other high end websites such as Wolf & Badger, Haute Elan and Pommier.

    Q: Where are you stocked in the UK?

    A: Melissa Odabash in Chelsea and Notting Hill, Gallery 196 Primrose Hill, March, Fenwick, The Cross Shop, Wolf & Badger, Haute Elan.

    Q: How important do you think it is to have an international outlook at a jewellery designer?

    A: Very important. I do pop up shows all over the world, including in India, Italy, Sri Lanka, Ibiza, USA and the UK. in Jaipur I host jewellery salons in my apartment for visitors from all over the world. My clients are from many different countries. I have also made inroads into the USA wholesale market and hope to continue to do so. I have exhibited at Accessories Circuit in NYC.

    Q: Which trade shows will you be exhibiting at this year?

    A: Inhorgentha in Munich and Paris Fashion Week. I will be at Premiere Classe ­ Stand ­ Stele 6 (which is the main entrance).

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    Emma Chapman Jewels earrings and pendant necklace Emma Chapman Jewels earrings and pendant necklace

    All of Emma Chapman's jewellery can be seen on the website

    www.emmachapmanjewels.com

  • Adventures of A Jewellery Designer - Premiere Classe Paris

    Paris Fashion week is looming, which is the highlight of the fashion calendar every year. The whole fashion world descends on the capital.

    Alongside the catwalk shows there are a range of venues, where designers can showcase their work.

    We are delighted to have been chosen to exhibit at Premiere Classe in Paris,  which will take place from 4th-7th March.  This is considered to be the top accessorise show in the world and  the code breaker of leading trends.

    For 25 years, the Premiere Classe trade show has given international buyers and the fashion press the chance during Paris Fashion Week , to view what are considered to be the best fashion accessories of the moment all under one roof in its legendary location in the Jardin des Tuileries, right in the heart of Paris.

    Premiere Classe carefully selects and showcases a selection of 400 trend-setting brands.  As the show organisers say "PREMIERE CLASSE showcases next season's accessory trends. Renowned for its high-quality selection, the trade show presents high-end jewellery, footwear, leather goods and many accessory designers and labels that are specifically chosen for their creativity, originality and style. "

    So all the hard work, creative output and energy in our workshops in Jaipur, India - where I have sat for hours with my goldsmiths, silversmiths, stone-cutters, engravers, enamel workers, and stone-setters, labouring over each detail of the jewellery..will be taken to Paris next week.  I hope some of the magic and love and energy we have all poured into the collection over the past few months, will be enjoyed by those who see it.

    Our collection embraces all the old couture techniques to create luxe-bohemian treasure for today.

    All Elle Magazine says...

    "I love Emma Chapman's work:  the intricate settings, the beautiful
    craftsmanship, the fact that all the gems have a meaning, and each piece of jewellery has a story.

    Her love of India is evident in the mix of traditional techniques and her brilliant eye for design.  These are all one off pieces -  real works of art, must have pieces of jewellery."

     

    For a preview of our new collections you can check out our website

    www.emmachapmanjewels.com

    Alongside our commerical collections we also make one off bespoke pieces of fine jewellery mixing 18ct gold, silver, gemstones and diamonds and using our trademark intricate gold engraving and carving work.  We will be taking some of these to the show.

    Grace Blue Topaz, Diamond and Emerald Pendant Grace Blue Topaz, Diamond and Emerald Pendant

    For any of you visiting Paris. We will be at Premiere Classe, Stand Number - Stele 6.

  • Adventures of a Jewellery Designer - THE REAL HOTEL EXOTIC MARIGOLD

    India always brings colour and adventure into my life. The latest recent adventure was filming a BBC2 documentary called the Real Hotel Exotic Marigold  in and around Jaipur. Inspired by the movie the Hotel Exotic Marigold, the BBC commissioned the TV Company TwoFour, to replicate the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel film, with a group of celebrities, in a series to be broadcast this January 2016.

    The idea behind the series was to see if these celebrities could REALLY live here. As I am an ex-pat who has lived and worked in Jaipur for several years as a jewellery designer, I obviously know the reality of what it is to live there. I was asked  to talk to them about my life there and give them an insight into how it is to live here as opposed to visiting, which are two very different things.

    Emma Chapman on her way to filming The Real Hotel Exotic Marigold Emma Chapman on her way to filming The Real Hotel Exotic Marigold

    My favoured method of transport is in an auto with my trusty auto driver Billu, who knows every back street in Jaipur. So he took me to my first evening of filming with the celebrities . They were the singer Patti Labelle, actor Silvester McCoy, actress Miriam Margolyes,  news broadcaster Jan Leeming, dancer Wayne Sleep, celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager,  comedien Roy Walker and dart player Bobby George, and we all met at the gorgeous Bar Palladio  in the Narain Niwas Hotel in Jaipur.  It is a favoured ex-pat hang out, serves lovely italian food, hosts cultural events and is a centre for all of us to gather.

    Hanging out at Bar Palladio Hanging out at Bar Palladio

    Jan Leeming was particularly interested in what real life was like here, and over dinner I explained that as I have an apartment inside a delightful Royal Indian Family home,  I am very protected and mentored and  have a whole Indian social circuit, which transforms my life in Jaipur.  It means I get to go to amazing Indian weddings, birthday parties and celebrate the Indian festivals with them. And of course I have a maid and a cook which helps.  I love life here as I am constantly inspired for my creative work as a designer and have a great team of goldsmiths who I work with. Also Jaipur is an alladin's cave for jewellery designers as it is a major gem hub and trading centre for gemstones from all over the world.

    I decided after I had met them for dinner, that to give them a special taste of  behind the scenes Indian life, I would invite them to an Indian birthday party. But this was no ordinary birthday party  it was for- the Maharaja of Karauli.

    The cast assemble with the Royal Family on the steps of Bhanwar Vilas Palace The cast assemble with the Royal Family on the steps of Bhanwar Vilas Palace

    The Maharaja of Karauli's family home is  Bhanwar Vilas Palace, which is in the town of Karauli. This fabulous palace is situated in the golden triangle of India and is in an ancient, devotional city. The ruling family are considered to be descendants of Lord Krishna. You can also stay here as the family have opened it up as a hotel. I would highly recommend it, as it is one of favourite places in India.  Full of charm and like stepping back in time. It is a gem of a place, with a stunning city palace in the centre of the town, which has some of the most amazing frescoes in all of India. I am very lucky as the whole family have adopted me into their lives.

    So the celebrities arrived and much to their surprise and delight, were treated to feasts and dancing. But before the festivities started, The Maharani of Karauli, who deserves a nobel peace prize as an un sung heroine and  a tireless social worker, took me Rosemary ShragerMiriam Margoyles and Silvester McCoy, to one of the many villages she supports, where they met the villagers, and were able to talk to them about their lives and see the work she does there.

    Entrance to Bhanwar Vilas Palace Entrance to Bhanwar Vilas Palace

     

    After the village trip,  we came back and the nights events unfolded. Lots of the villagers came to wish the Maharaja happy birthday and the Maharani held court with the  ladies.

    Ladies drinks with the Maharani of Karauli Ladies drinks with the Maharani of Karauli

    As the night wore on the dancing started.  Because the Maharaja is the 888th descent of Lord Krishna, the celebrations were to honour Lord Krishna.

    NIght time at Vilas Bhanwar Palace NIght time at Vilas Bhanwar Palace
    Dancing at Bhanwar Vilas Palace Dancing at Bhanwar Vilas Palace
    Palace dancing at Bhanwar Vilas Palace Palace dancing at Bhanwar Vilas Palace
    Krishna Dancers at Karauli Palace Krishna Dancers at Karauli Palace

    Jan Leeming, Patti Labelle, Rosemary Shrager and I all enjoyed the festivities

    Emma Chapman with Jan Leeming and Patti La Belle Emma Chapman with Jan Leeming and Patti La Belle
    Hanging out with Patti Labelle and Rosemary Shrager Hanging out with Patti Labelle and Rosemary Shrager

    When the dancing  ended the banquet began. Patti Labelle sang for us and  Roy Walker told us some yarns. It was very magical and special evening enjoyed by all.

    Maharaja of Karauli's birthday dinner Maharaja of Karauli's birthday dinner

    The next day, we all headed back for Jaipur, and by then Jan Leeming was wanting to see my apartment, meet my landlady the lovely Sangeeta and get me to help her find some potential apartments to live in herself. So we spent the next couple of days doing that.

    It all ended with a fabulous wrap party, in the magical haveli where they had all stayed. We had a rooftop, candlelit party, where  we were entertained  by the celebs.

    All decked out for the BBC Wrap Party All decked out for the BBC Wrap Party

    Wayne Sleep danced  a Bollywood number, for which he had been secretly practising....

    Wayne Sleep in Bollywood Dance Mode at the Wrap Party Wayne Sleep in Bollywood Dance Mode at the Wrap Party

    Rosemary Shrager, Jan Leeming and Patti Labelle attempted to re in act some moves and songs from the Three Degrees...

    Rosemary Shrager, Patti Labelle and Jan Leeming entertaining us at the BBC Wrap Party in Jaipur Rosemary Shrager, Patti Labelle and Jan Leeming entertaining us at the BBC Wrap Party in Jaipur

    A fabulous and fun party. The shooting had come to an end. Different celebrities had different experiences and views on India. You can watch them all and the story unfold shortly on BBC2 - the programme is called The Real Hotel Exotic Marigold and will be aired as a series in 3 parts, to be broadcast towards the end of January 2016.

    To view Emma Chapman's jewellery you can visit her website

    www.emmachapmanjewels.com

  • Adventures of A Jewellery Designer - The Art of Stone Carving

    I am always looking for new inspiration with my jewellery. As I have workshops in Jaipur, India where there are old traditions of gem carving, I have been exploring this ancient art form and incorporating it into my new jewellery collections. Each gemstone I have used has been especially made for this collection, which is called Samsara.

    The ancient art of carving gemstones and setting them in jewellery is making a big comeback in the India. In Jaipur, the coloured gemstone hub of India, where craftspeople have been cutting and polishing gemstones for centuries, local artisans who I work with, have perfected the art of carving gemstones, making them even more desirable. I have used gemstones like emeralds, rubies, sapphires, tourmalines, and chrysoprase, smokey topaz, labradorite and a new stone I have discovered called saprandye.

    I have been using intricate flower, leaf and geometric patterns, taking inspiration from various Mughal monuments and incorporating them into my designs.

    This beautiful Samsara Carved Saprandye and Diamond Pendant has intricate floral motifs carved into it and I have capped it with a star pattern embedded with diamonds.

    These lovely smokey topaz and iolite earrings also have a flower pattern carved into the stone.

    I designed a matching cocktail ring called the Samsara Carved Smokey Topaz Ring using the same flower pattern. The ring shank is also hand engraved.

    This exquisite Samsara Chrysoprase and Diamond bracelet has geometric patterns carved into the chrysoprase and the stars in between the gemstones are embedded with diamonds.

    An ancient art form that requires great skill and technique, gem carving adds a whole new level of sculptural detail to jewellery. Jewellery Editor Magazine.

  • Adventures of a Jewellery Designer - WOLF & BADGER

    We are thrilled to be selling with Wolf & Badger

    Described by the press as

    “A PROPER PORTAL FOR EXCITING FASHION FINDS” SUNDAY TIMES STYLE

    “UPENDING THE CONVENTIONAL NOTION OF FASHION RETAIL” NEW YORK TIMES

    “A NEW AND REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPT STORE TO PROMOTE EMERGING TALENT” VOGUE ITALIA

    “A PLATFORM TO NURTURE AND ADVANCE THE NEW GENERATION” OH-MY-GOD BY TANK

    “HOME TO SOME OF BRITAIN’S HOTTEST EMERGING DESIGN TALENT” YOU (THE MAIL ON SUNDAY)

    Wolf & Badger is a unique retail concept with an award-winning website for discovering designers at www.wolfandbadger.com,  as well as world-renowned stores in Mayfair and Notting Hill in London. The Wolf & Badger platform is set up to promote, support and retail only the finest independent fashion, jewellery, accessories and lifestyle brands from around the world.

    Wolf & Badger Wolf & Badger

    The Wolf & Badger stores have been named amongst the Best Boutiques in Britain by Vogue and in the Top 10 Shops in London by Time Out. Wolf & Badger online is the leading web platform for independent luxury brands and is visited by thousands of customers, press and trade buyers on a daily basis.

    You can check out the Emma Chapman jewels on line store at Wolf & Badger.

    Here are some of the treasures we are selling there..

    Couture Rings Couture Rings

     

    Gold Carving Rings Gold Carving Rings

     

  • Adventures of a Jewellery Designer - HOT PINK SPICE SAGA

    I have been lucky enough to  meet some amazing characters during my time in India, where I live half the year and have my jewellery workshops.

    Two of those  people are the celebrity chefs, author and photographer Peta Mathias and Julie Le Clerc. Their latest fantastic book a travelogue around India, with recipes is called Hot Pink Spice Saga.

    Hot Pink Spice Saga Hot Pink Spice Saga

    This wonderful pair,  have been generous  enough to feature me and my work in this fabulous book.

    Cocktail rings from Emma Chapman jewels as featured in Hot Pink Spice Saga Cocktail rings from Emma Chapman jewels as featured in Hot Pink Spice Saga

     

    One day a few years ago I was in the garden of Vivenda Guesthouse where we stay in Goa and Charlotte Hayward the owner introduced me to a beautiful blond woman called Emma. She had very pale, creamy skin, striking bone structure and a luminous smile. She was dressed in bright Indian clothes and seemed like a flower walking through the garden. She had contracted typhoid, ended up in hospital in Goa with Charlotte looking after her and was now recovering in the peace of the jungle.

    Chandelier Earrings as featured in Hot Pink Spice Saga Chandelier Earrings as featured in Hot Pink Spice Saga

    As luck would have it Emma Chapman designs bespoke jewelry just as beautiful as her - colourful, sophisticated and a little bit exotic. As luck would also have it, she had a selection with her and agreed to give my tour clients and I a little salon in Charlotte’s lounge at Vivenda. We sat around the table covered in wondrous rings, pendants, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Everything got touched, tried on, exclaimed over and lots got bought to turn up later at gala evenings. What European women like about Emma’s jewelry is that it is Indian inspired with a Western twist - it is something exotic you would actually wear when you get home, unlike the lime green sari you thought was such a good idea. There are also varying price range, which is most helpful so you can go for the opulent diamonds or the more affordable gemstones like garnets, amethysts, topaz and rubies.

     Each piece is unique with its carving, engraving and jali (lattice) work. Emma uses silver, gold and vermeil (component metal) with a matt finish. A lot of the work is inspired by ancient mysticism, contains tribal and spiritual elements and is made by hand by local crafts people and stone cutters.

    She was originally discovered by Hilary Alexander, fashion director of the Telegraph and chosen as one of the most promising new designers of today. Since then she has exhibited numerous times at both London, New York and Paris Fashion Week and her jewelry features in British Vogue and Harpers Bazaar magazines.

    Hot Pink Spice Saga, Peta Mathias

    Emma Chapman in Jaipur as featured in Hot Pink Spice Saga Emma Chapman in Jaipur as featured in Hot Pink Spice Saga

    You can order this book yourself  if you want to read more

    Order Hot Pink Spice Saga

  • Adventures of a Jewellery Designer - London's Lost jewels

    Emma Chapman’s latest collection is inspired by the Cheapside Hoard, also known as London’s Lost Jewels. . For almost 300 years this exquisite treasure trove of  jewellery, lay buried underground. It is considered to be the greatest hoard of Elizabethan and Stuart jewellery in the world and one of the most remarkable and spectacular caches of jewellery ever unearthed from British soil.

    Cheapside Hoard, London's Lost Jewels Cheapside Hoard, London's Lost Jewels

    Taking inspiration from this Collection, Emma Chapman has designed a range of new Collections, including, The Emmy Collection, The Ellynor Collection, The Alyce Collection, The Luce Collection, The Mathilda Collection, The Magdalen Collection and The Sibilla Collection. Each one is unique and gorgeous and all the names given to the Collections are old Elizabethan and Stuart names.

    The Magdalen Collection used gorgeous vibrant chrysophase and rose quartz with bold geometric patterns.

    Magdalene Crysophase Chandelier Earrings - from Emma Chapman jewels Magdalene Crysophase Chandelier Earrings - from Emma Chapman jewels
    Magdalene Tierdrop Chrysophase Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels Magdalene Tierdrop Chrysophase Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels
    Magdalene Chrysophase Bracelets from Emma Chapman jewels Magdalene Chrysophase Bracelets from Emma Chapman jewels
    Magdalene Chrysophase Pendant from Emma Chapman jewels Magdalene Chrysophase Pendant from Emma Chapman jewels

    The Sibilla Collection uses a mix of labradorite, moonstone, turquoise and chrysophase using ancient Elizabethean and Stuart patterns.

    Sibilla Labradorite Pendant from Emma Chapman jewels Sibilla Labradorite Pendant from Emma Chapman jewels
    Sibilla Labradorite Ring from Emma Chapman jewels Sibilla Labradorite Ring from Emma Chapman jewels
    Sibilla Labradorite Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels Sibilla Labradorite Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels

    The beautiful Luce Collection uses luminous green amethyst,  and peridots.

    Luce Green Amethyst ring from Emma Chapman jewels Luce Green Amethyst ring from Emma Chapman jewels

     

    Luce Green Amethyst Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels Luce Green Amethyst Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels

    The stylish Mathilda Collection uses elegant smokey topaz and iolites, and has a range of earrings, pendants and rings

    Mathilda Smokey Topaz Pendant from Emma Chapman jewels Mathilda Smokey Topaz Pendant from Emma Chapman jewels

    And the wow factor Emmy Collection uses striking black spinel, and has a range of earrings, pendants and rings.

    Emmy Black Spinel Chandelier Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels Emmy Black Spinel Chandelier Earrings from Emma Chapman jewels

    The exquisite Alyce Collection, uses lovely aquamarines mixed with diamonds

    Alyce diamond and aqua marine earrings from Emma Chapman jewels Alyce diamond and aqua marine earrings from Emma Chapman jewels

    And finally the stunning Ellynor Collection uses rainbow moonstones mixed with labradorite

    Ellynor Moonstone Ring from Emma Chapman jewels Ellynor Moonstone Ring from Emma Chapman jewels

     

     

    All of this gorgeous statement jewellery can be found on our website

    www.emmachapmanjewels.com

  • Adventures of a jewellery designer - LOVE GOLD

    I am really excited to have been chosen by the world gold council to be featured on their new website LoveGold.com, which has been set up to showcase the best jewellery designers of today, who are working around the world in gold.

    Jaipur, where I have my workshops, and work with master-goldsmiths, is the first Indian destination to be featured on Love Gold, alongside London, Paris, New York, Istanbul, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.

    This is the initiative by the World Gold Council created to inspire all things gold.

    "Love Gold seeks out the world's most beautiful gold jewelry, the designers creating it and the people wearing it. LoveGold.com and its social media platforms bring captivating stories, exclusive features and profile unusual and unexpected jewelry pieces. It is a place to share, love, and find the world's most amazing gold pieces.

    To check out this great article see the LOVE GOLD GUIDE

     

     

    I have been described thus, "An award-winning British jewellery designer, living between London and Jaipur, Emma creates opulent and exotic gemstone jewellery, in rich sumptuous colours. Her work has a contemporary western sensibility and yet draws upon India’s traditional fine jewellery craftsmanship mixing jaali, filigree, carving, engraving, embossing, and enamelling." Fiona Caulfield

    EMMA CHAPMAN FEATURED IN LOVE GOLD GUIDE

    As a designer I am working increasingly in gold, specialising in exquisite 18ct gold rings, with elaborate carving work on them, which are set with precious stones and diamonds. We sell a selection of them on our website and also can make bespoke gold rings to order, for weddings, special anniversaries, a gift, or just as a special piece you have in mind. Gold is a great investment as well as a fabulous fashion statement.

    Gold carved rings Gold carved rings
  • Adventures of a jewellery designer - The Ghost Town, Bhangarh, Rajasthan

     

    I am now back in Jaipur, and developing new jewellery samples for my autumn/winter collection, which I will be taking to London in September

    Meanwhile, being here in India, I am lucky enough to be able to visit some extraordinary places. Sunday is a great day to explore as all the workshops are closed. So my latest excursion was to Bhangarh Fort, in Rajasthan, about two hours away from Jaipur - or better know as The ghost town. This is considered to be  one of the most haunted places in the world. There are many myths about this place and it is believed that the entire township was obliterated in a day.

    The Archeological Survey of India has put up a board on the fort gate saying that is prohibited for tourists to stay inside the fort area after sunset and before sunrise. Locals say whoever has tried to stay inside after sunset was never found.

     

    Emma Chapman, Bhangarh Emma Chapman, Bhangarh

     

    As we entered, we saw a Dancers' Haveli and Jauhari Bazar. All dilapidated now, but locals say paranormal activities are observed in these places at night. Further down the sprawling expanse of the fort was the Gopinath Temple, crossing which we reached the Royal Palace. It is located at the farthest end of the fort area.

     

     

    Gopinath Temple, Bhangarh, Rajasthan Gopinath Temple, Bhangarh, Rajasthan

    The town was established in 1573 (VS 1631) during the rule of Bhagwant Das as the residence of his second son Sawai Madho Singh, the younger brother of Emperor Akbar’s general, Man Singh I.

    There are many legends around why it was abandoned but these include myths about the Princess of Bhangarh, considered to be the jewel of Rajasthan, and how a local who was a tantrika (wizard), a magician well versed in the occult, called Singhiya,  was in love with the her, but knew that the match was impossible. One day Singhiya saw the princess's maid in the market, he used his black magic on the scent she was purchasing so that upon touching it the princess would surrender herself to him. The princess, however, seeing the tantrika enchanting the scent, foiled his plan by pouring it on the ground. As the scent struck the ground it turned into a boulder, that crushed Singhiya. Dying, the tantrika cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it. The next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which Princess Ratnavati perished. Legends says that there are ghosts in Bhangarh and that is why entry is prohibited for tourists in the fort after sunset and before sunrise The locals believe that the princess Ratnavati has taken birth somewhere else and that the fort and the empire of Bhangarh is waiting for her return to put an end to the curse.

    It is believed that Bhangarh is full of ghosts.

     

    Ruins of Bhangarh Fort Ruins of Bhangarh Fort

     

    Shiva Temple, Bhangarh Fort Shiva Temple, Bhangarh Fort

     

    Bhangarh Fort, The Ghost Town Bhangarh Fort, The Ghost Town

     

    Set against the backdrop of the Aravelli Hills it is actually a very beautiful but rather unsettling place, and to date there is no firm evidence as to why it was abandoned overnight.

    The Aravalli Range, Bhangarh, Rajasthan The Aravalli Range, Bhangarh, Rajasthan

    Like all other tourists, we also left the place before sunset with many questions remaining still unanswered in our minds.

     

     

    Tribal Ladies, Bhangarh, Rajasthan Tribal Ladies, Bhangarh, Rajasthan

     

    It was full of locals, no doubt asking the same questions.

    So back to Jaipur and back to the workshops.

     

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